WSU students win top NASA honor for moon dust project

A Washington State University student team successfully built and demonstrated a prototype to clean lunar dust from spacesuits and won the prestigious Artemis Award at NASA’s Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

The award recognizes WSU’s project for its potential to contribute to and be integrated into NASA’s Artemis mission, which aims to land the first woman and person of color on the moon in 2024.

The team was one of seven from around the U.S. who competed in the challenge. They received a $130,000 grant earlier this year to complete a prototype and presented their project to NASA judges this week. 

The students also received an award for the best technical paper at the event.